Campsite on the South Fork of the Merced River in Wawona
Yanna and the bear box
David and the fire
The road up toward Badger Pass Road had lots of old snow
We hoped to go up to Badger Pass and cross country ski but the road was closed and plowed.
Tunnel view as we entered the valley
Bridal Veil Falls
We left the valley and headed to Crane Flat to ski or snowshoe. The trail was pretty beat up so we used snowshoes and headed downhill to a grove of Sequoia trees
Tuolumne Grove of Sequoias
The famous tunnel tree, that's Yanna heading through
So many water falls along the side of the road
When we got to our campsite in the valley we took an evening walk up to Happy Isles. Here is North Dome still in the sunlight.
We crossed this log bridge last year but it looks a little bit scarier this time
The next morning we headed up the Mist Trail and got to the bridge below Vernal Falls. And it was empty of people. Never seen it like this before.
From the bridge we headed up the JM Trail until we came upon this wall of ice that was just a bit to scary to cross. This is the part of the trail that goes up between two cliffs. So we headed back down to the bridge and up an old unmaintained trail on the other side of the river.
From our lunch spot we could see the place where we turned around on the JM Trail earlier.
Looking up we could see Sierra Point. Look for the railing on the top left rocks. This is still a place I want to get to but not this time.
Illouette Falls across the valley.
Headed for Yosemite Falls the next day. It was a warm day and the falls were flowing nicely.
Here is LeConte Gully from near Yosemite Village.
Half Dome looking across the flooded meadow.
We headed out on our favorite hike down the west end of the valley. Here is Sentinel Falls through the trees along the trail.
Saw a few deer including this nice buck.
This is the view up river from our lunch spot.
And here is the view down river from the same spot.
El Capitan and Horsetail Falls to the right. This is the fall that lights up like a fire fall in February but we were too late for that.
David and Yanna
As we made our way back east into the main part of the valley we hiked right below Sentinel Falls. Notice the nice ice cones below the upper falls.
Here is what we found when we got back into the main part of the valley. No people and no cars. NICE!
And when we finally made it back to the campground we found our camper all alone at the end of our loop.
The campground was pretty much empty. It was suppose to snow that night and I think everyone got a bit scared and left.
Woke up in the morning to heavy snow and headed off through North PInes campground and through the backpackers camp to the old road. Here is the view up river from the Sugar Pine Bridge.
Looking across the Sugar Pine Bridge with all the snow. Not yet sticking to the roads.
After making it down to Yosemite Village with took the shuttle over to Curry Village for some coffe and then back to our campground around noon. It snowed a lot while we were out walking around.
Our camper was covered nicely.
The steps and tailgate had a few inches of new snow.
Then is started clearing up and got absolutely beautiful.
Walked back up to Happy Isles in the afternoon.
This un-named fall was coming down from near Glacier Point.
The Merced River was beautiful too.
Here is one of the bridges in Happy Isles. Notice no people.
More in Happy Isles.
LeConte Gully is now ready to be skied. Not be me but someone.
Our last day so we stopped at Yosemite Falls on the way out of the valley. Lots of ice. The falls were making their own cloud but couldn't get it to show up in the pic.
Then we saw what we were really hoping to see on this trip... FRAZIL ICE! This is the Yosemite Creek but it is filled with the Frazil Ice from the falls.
More Frazil Ice. This creekbed was flowing water just the day before but not now. This was very cool to see.
One last shot of Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls before we left.
Looking back at El Capitan as we are leaving the valley.
Stopped at the Tunnel View Point for one last pic of the valley with frosting on the trees and rocks.
The road out of the valley was a little treacherous in spots with chain control.
Here is a nice road cut from the plow and some ice on the road.
Fish Camp was looking good right outside the park.
On the way up the Grapevine we had one last bit of snow to get through.